Life at the end of the road

April 13, 2009

Tied in Knots

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:37 pm

Firstly guys you’ll have to bear with me tonight I’ve been trying to post on here now for two hours but a combination of  ‘writers block’ and a sudden influx of  ‘Times’ readers http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6083265.ece seems to have jammed up my blogg 😦 I’ve already done one post but lost it in the mysteriuos vortex of cyberspace and it’s now fast approaching my bed time so I don’t think I’ll be writing much more tonight despite my hit thingy graph rocketing way past the 2000 mark! cheers Melanie for that glowing reportage 🙂 Anyway as I’m down to my last bannana ( I take 7 to work and have one each day as this helps me keep track of what day it is ) I should be able to write more tomorrow when I finish work and can start on the red wine 🙂

Surveying the damage part 2

This was going to be the title of tonight’s post before my blog went bonkers and was going to start on Sunday morning when I took a run down to the new harbour development to have a look how things were after Thursdays unexpected blast. During our two and three quarter hour version of the fifteen minuet Raasay to Sconser crossing we’d been keeping a keen eye on the new harbour site through the binoculars and things were getting a right bashing there with the huge seas running.

Harbour site 12/04/09

Harbour site 12/04/09

Upon first glance all looked well, the big Kobelco 185 ton crane dwarfing everything around it with a huge steel concrete shutter behind it and the baby Kobelco 90 ton crane on a barge with the concrete pump in the back ground.

Drilling barge 12/04/09

Drilling barge 12/04/09

The barge with the drilling rig on however did look a little poorly as one of it’s legs appeared to be bent and the other appeared to be missing! After taking a few pictures I headed to work and the Loch Striven which was lying peacefully alongside the old iron ore pier.

Damaged slip 12/04/09

Damaged slip 12/04/09

The Raasay slip had also taken a pounding with a good portion of the rock armour undermined and washed away

A few more gales and it'll be away!

A few more gales and it'll be away!

The rest of Sunday was nice and sunny and we spent it doing the usual Sunday chores of washing the ferry and doing maintenance and now I really must go to bed!

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